Hey Seniors, if you’re not happy with your college list, it’s not too late! Schools with Feb 1 deadlines or later. 

So, I just sorted on Common App to look at all the schools with deadlines on Feb 1 or later. There are some truly incredible schools there, y’all.

The actual common app list is much longer than this. I’ve only included schools that I’ve personally visited and liked or met their admissions team, or I know someone who has visited and liked it, or I know someone who’s attended and been happy. If you have schools for me to add, please send them my way. This is just mostly from the Common App, so there are schools that aren’t on Common App that I haven’t listed. I’ve included a few non-Common App schools that I just happen to know have later deadlines. Also, please note, I’ve written descriptions for a few, but I don’t value the other schools any less — I just don’t know them quite as well. 

* The asterisk means there are no App Fees!

February 1:




Creighton U *: this is the school where one of my personal heroes attended, Ernie Chambers. If you don’t know who he is, look him up


Hobart and William Smith *

Ithaca College *

Marquette *: beautiful, mid-sized, city school in Wisconsin

Miami Ohio

Morehouse: HBCU, beautiful liberal arts college in Atlanta for men


Ohio State


Sewanee *: liberal arts college, intellectual vibe, real life-changers, gorgeous mountain top campus

Southwestern *: liberal arts college in a cool little town right outside Austin, Texas, amazing admissions team

Spelman: HBCU, beautiful liberal arts college in Atlanta for women

TCU *: beautiful, mid-sized city campus in Fort Worth, Texas, amazing admissions office

Temple U

U Michigan

U Rhode Island

U Wisconsin Madison


February 15:


College of Charleston: one of the prettiest campuses I’ve visited, mid-sized, downtown Charleston SC

College of Wooster *: beautiful campus, outside Columbus, Ohio, known for mentored research for undergraduate students

Earlham *

Howard U

U Kentucky

Hampshire College*

March 1


John Cabot U Rome: in my favorite area of Rome, Trastavere

Seton Hall U: known for good business programs, not too far from NYC, beautiful campus

March 15

Agnes Scott College: one of my favorite women’s colleges, stunning campus, lovely laid back, intellectual vibe, in a close-in suburb of Atlanta


April 15

Loyola New Orleans: this school blew me away when I visited last spring, beautiful, next door to Tulane, right on a park, in one of my favorite areas of New Orleans

May 1


Emory and Henry *

Michigan State U

St. Edward’s U: Austin, Texas, gorgeous campus on a hill, lovely Austin vibe

UT Dallas: cool modern campus, great business programs

U Iowa: amazing campus, cool town, lots of awesome programs, if you don’t have a sure-bet school, I recommend checking this one out

U Nebraska Lincoln: tons of school spirit, large research university

U Tampa

June 1

De Paul: urban campus in Chicago, if you like the feel of NYU or BU, check out DePaul

U Houston: cool pretty campus, lots of green space and student involvement, great architecture, engineering, creative writing, and entrepreneurship programs

U Missouri

U St. Andrews: if you’re on the hunt for the traditional highly selective kind of campus feel, check out St. Andrews in Scotland

June 15

Franklin U, Switzerland: liberal arts college, interesting engaged students, in Switzerland (nuff said)

SCAD: Savannah College of Art and Design

July Deadlines and Rolling

American U Paris

American U Rome

Arizona State: gorgeous campus, lots of outdoor activities, ASU is doing their part to educate the citizens of the US and the world, check them out


Columbia College Chicago

Evergreen State

Fort Lewis College: public liberal arts college in Durango, Colorado, beautiful modern campus, super cool little town (priority app due March 1)

Hawaii Pacific

Iowa State: I love this campus in Ames Iowa

Loyola Chicago

Manhattan College


Ole Miss (U Mississippi)

Oregon State

Penn State


St. Louis University

St. John’s College (MD and NM): if you’re looking for colleges that are intellectually stimulating, then look no further

St. John’s U: Long Island, good business programs, super diverse student body, opportunities in NYC

Texas Tech

U Arkansas

U Kansas

U Maine

U Montana

U Pittsburgh: downtown Pittsburgh, cool campus, lots of opportunities

U Tulsa

U Wyoming

Western Colorado U: in Gunnison Colorado, small liberal arts college, amazing skiing just a half-hour away in Crested Butte, engineering degrees from CU Boulder

South Dakota Mines

So clearly, it’s not too late — even if you’re just now getting started! If you don’t see any colleges here that are calling your name, and you’d like to add to your list, be sure to look on Common App and sort by deadlines. There are hundreds more!